Science Interactive Instructor Help Guides

Essay Question (Exercise)


Exercise questions are short answer, essay-style questions that evaluate the student's understanding of the exercise.

They appear in the Exercise Question of the Experimentation tab and can be added to lessons through the Question Customization tool or the Custom Lesson Authoring tool.

1. At the bottom of an exercise page, select "Add Exercise Question."

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2. In the Compose Question box, create the exercise question.

Be sure to bold the question so that it matches Science Interactive-authored questions.

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2.1. You can add an image by selecting the Image icon while entering text in the text field.

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2.2. Under "Text formatting options," select any other formatting options the student will need to complete the essay.

These are the formatting options that will be displayed to the students when they answer the question.

Bold, Italic, Underline, Bullet List, and Numbered List are selected by default.

The "DIV" buttons create a visual divider between buttons and do not have any additional function.

  1. Add an equation by selecting the Sum icon.
  2. Add a table by selecting the Table icon. Add the number of rows and columns, headers, and check the box for "Condensed" and "Border."
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3. Make any adjustments to the "More options" menu that you desire.

These advanced settings are optional don't impact the general use of a Data Table.

More options
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  1. Scoring: Set the Max score to the amount of points the question is worth.
  2. Submit over limit: Yes or No (Allows the student to submit work if over the word limit)
  3. Layout: Can allow special characters. All else should remain as the default.
  4. Details: Edit as needed
  5. Add your answer reminder under “Sample Answer”.
  6. Contains math: Yes or No (Allows equations)  

4. Select "Save" at the top right of the page.

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5. On the Exercise page, scroll down to the new exercise question and verify the point value.

You can adjust the point value in this page if you would like.

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6. Select "Save" at the bottom of the page to permanently save the Exercise question.

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7. Repeat these steps to add as many questions as needed.